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What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, “I Never Knew You”?

January 11, 2018 6 Comments
What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, “I Never Knew You”?

Every now and then someone will come to me and request parish services of some sort. Maybe it’s to plan a wedding, a baptism, or a funeral; maybe it’s to ask for money! Then I look at him or her and say, “Who are you?” (since I don’t recognize the person). “Oh, you may not […]

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A Portrait of Jesus the Preacher and Teacher

January 10, 2018 2 Comments
A Portrait of Jesus the Preacher and Teacher

As a priest, I am called to preach and teach. In this, I must look to Jesus Christ as my model. Scripture speaks of His renown as a preacher and the eagerness with which many heard Him. And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as […]

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If Demons Believe and Tremble, What about Us?

January 9, 2018 3 Comments
If Demons Believe and Tremble, What about Us?

As we begin the ordinary time of the Church year, we follow the Lord’s public ministry. The curtain lifts and we are in the synagogue at Capernaum: Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. In their […]

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Encouragement from Jesus in One of His Lesser-Known Sayings

January 8, 2018 1 Comment
Encouragement from Jesus in One of His Lesser-Known Sayings

It’s one of the stranger dialogues that occurs in the Gospel, yet it is difficult not to rejoice in the aplomb of Jesus has he says it. Some Pharisees, likely disingenuous in their motives, approach Jesus  to warn him that he needs to leave immediately: Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill […]

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A Meditation on Eternal Life

January 7, 2018 1 Comment
A Meditation on Eternal Life

We are concluding our reading of the First Letter of John during daily Mass. Many struggle to understand this letter because they miss the experiential aspects of the faith to which he refers. Consider just a few brief lines from the end of the letter: [God] has testified on behalf of his Son. Whoever believes […]

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Walking with the Wise – A Homily for Epiphany

January 6, 2018 5 Comments
Walking with the Wise – A Homily for Epiphany

There are so many wonderful details in the Epiphany story: the call of the Gentiles, their enthusiastic response, the significance of the star they seek, the gifts they bring, the dramatic interaction with Herod, and their ultimate rejection of Herod in favor of Christ. In this meditation I would like to follow these Magi in […]

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No One Goes Away from Jesus Unchanged

January 5, 2018 2 Comments
No One Goes Away from Jesus Unchanged

The video below is a 2008 Coca-Cola commercial that takes up the theme of the star of Christmas. Let us review the impact that the star of Christmas had on the wise men, the Magi. The star moved them to seek meaning outside themselves; it made them look out and up. The star called them […]

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Defining Ministry or Muddling It? A Reflection on an Article “Assigned” to Me

January 4, 2018 23 Comments
Defining Ministry or Muddling It? A Reflection on an Article “Assigned” to Me

Not too long ago, one of my readers sent me a collection of sayings or aphorisms on the topic of ministry. The collection is entitled Defining Ministry.  The reader, who apparently does not think I follow modern trends very well, scolded me for being out-of-touch and recommended that I review the list. That reader apparently […]

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